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ii2iiiiiiiiiii Alternative Sentencing On April 9, I received a notice from the Department of Corrections that a grant which funds alternative sentencing programs in our circuit would not be refunded in July, most likely meaning the program will have to end. I also read the same day in an editorial in The New York Times about how our nation's prision population has now passed the ywo million mark and is still counting. What an irony! The modest funding we have recieved from Kentucky's Department of Corrections is about $35,000 per year. With that funding we have operated a program since 1996 in which non-violent felony offenders have performed community service projects throughout Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Rowan Counties. The funding has paid the salary and expenses of a full-time coordinator to oversee community service work. We also have used the program to help fund the "Shocked Straight" program. With this we have arranged with the state prision in West Liberty to introduce selected individuals to the reality of incarceration by having them stay at the prision for the weekend. The purpose is to let them know what is in store for them if they get into further trouble. Our program was not the onlyone to lose it's funding. All of the other programs around the state, which also deal with alternatives to incarceration, are also loseing their funding. We are told we can reapply next year, but at what level funding will be available is uncertain. In the meantime, most if not all alternative sentencing programs will have to shut down. This is a true shame because I know some of the programs. including ours, work. We found that giving convicted felons probation coupled with community service and other requirements, the rate of recidivism was lowered. Additionally, felons were giving somthing back to the communities in which they committed their crimes. Some became eligible for diversion of their sentences so they would not be saddled with a felony record. Through the community service program, countless projects were completed which helped people throughout the area. Probationers picked up trash, cleaned up illegal dumps, painted public buildings, tidied cemeteries up, and a host of other activities too numerous to mention. Much of that work will not get done now, and probation may not be looked upon as favorably in some cases. The result will be more persons going to jail, where we now spend an average of$18,000 per year per person to incarcerate prisoners. On the other hand, it cost only $1,300 per year to supervise the same people on probation or parole. However, the Department of Corrections has now come up with a new system that results in more felons being paroled. This means the number ofinmatesbeingheld may not increase. Unfortunately, many of those paroled are much more dangerous than the ones we are currently probating with community service, and generally are serving muvch more longer sentences. Since the case loads of probation and praoled officers is also greatly on the increase, these parolee's will be getting much less supervision. This is noy good. I would feel much better about some of those I now see being paroled. We should not allow our prisions to become turnstiles with little regard being given to prisoners' propensity to commit new crimes It would seem to make much more sense to fund alternative sentencing programs which have proven sucessful and cost efficient, and to take a chance on non-violent offenders who are less likely to offend again. day ,ay Festival fac steady decline in" 00uact s; dly, may be on its way toward It's just a couple of weeks until May Day and the celebration this year will mark the 50th crowning of another "Miss Bath County." Many have wanted to call it the 50th anniversary of the festival, but technically, since it is not like the birthday of a person who cele- brates their first birthday after a year of life, this coming year is technically the 49th anniversary, but still a celebration of the 50th crowning event. Each year, community leaders put their heads together to come up with yet another theme that will inspire people to take part and con- tribute. Some were decided based on events that were relevant to the time, while others were simply conjured up from novel ideas by the event coordinators. ...... Owingsville. And each year, it is difficult to get the ball rolling. The movers and shakers in the community are usually pretty exhausted because they are often the same ones in- volved with other clubs and orga- nizations. These people though, do welcome new talentand ideas from any willing residents who would like to lend a hand. All projects can be accomplished with enough help which makes even the most com- plex of events, doable. Our May Day Festival centers around a May Day Queen, who is crowned from contestants in the senior class who compete in the pageant that climaxes the festival. The prelude to the pageant is the parade also held on the same day, traditionally the second Saturday of May, where the contestants ride in the parade to meet the communi- ty on their route through the city of The event doesn't just happen automatically. And yes, each year, it becomes more and more difficult to get the event offthe ground. But somehow, it all comes together. The people involved don't get paid and yes, sometimes they get gaff about things that don't go as well as they should despite their best intents. If there is anything really lack- ing in the May Day Festival, it is community support through par- ticipation and assistance. May Day has been a proud tradition now looking toward its 50th year, but it could always be bigger and better with additional participation from our residents. Just as the Salt Lick Homecoming had been an expect- ed tradition for many years, one that brought many back to their hometown to visit and enjoy the festivities, eventually, the organiz- ers got burned out with the civic commiunent and it has been de- funct for several years now, be- cause new leaders were not willing to come forth, put in the time, and see that the tradition continued. The May Day Festival and Ow- ingsville Lions Club Horse Show are the two events that Bath County is most noted for. It is crucial that we keep these events sacred and alive for years to come and in order to do that, we need new leaders to come forth and securethe fumr, May Day traditionally has be- come ahomecoming forBathCoun- ty natives who have made it an annual event to return to their home- town to visit friends and family and witness the tradition that has been a part of the community for a half century. Residents along Main Street spruce up their homes with new paint, prune their lawns to perfec- tion, fix finger foods and open their homes to guests and family for the day. Then they find a lawn chair, and await the parade. Each and every year, people have floats, interesting cars,! es, buggies, and take part in this s tion. If you could turn back of time, and see all floats throughout the did recenfl of yesteryear), it is hundreds of creative stage sets at the rical pageants. Each year, the dwindled in regard Organizers are may a 50-year tradition. , :With this said the communit ers willing to preserve a Bath CountY! The futun remains | but thus far, in question, coming to a close. If the festival in Bath would like you willing to step up take an active part traditions? Only time From the files of "RUSS METZ", 1 Frozen People Plan But Who Is Going To Turn The In the event you don't consider Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as your idea of Biblical prophets, and think we all mightbe destined to keep stumbling along with the tumbling tumbleweed for another few generations, there is hope for those who have $20,000 in cold cash. '. The newly-formed Cryonics Society will freeze your 7oody and you can live in a state of suspended animation, for :as long as it takes for science to figure out how to thaw you ;out, so you'll be as good as new again. It's not exactly a imoney-back-guarantee proposition, but it is supposed to be .the next best thing to Geritol we have, at the moment. Cryonic suspension consists of freezing the human body shortly after death, storing it in a safe place and waiting for a future generation ofscientists to revive it. No assurance someone won't accidentally pull the plug and let you thaw prematurely, or future scientists may decide the world can do without your type and leave you in the cooler. Seventeen persons have already been put on ice and the Cryonic Society has big plans to go nationwide. Maybe they'll develop counter freezers and pre-chill customers right on the spot. This could be most confusing and embar- rassing, to go into a place for an ice cream cone and come out a human popsicle. Anyway, members have bought some high-powered equipment and now plan to use three huge underground former Titan missile silos outside Maysville, California, as storage vaults. Good show, unless the Nips hit Pearl Harbor again, and you could find yourself sailing toward Waikiki Beach after the Army rushes back and reclaims their gun barrels. It may be my wife's frozen TV dinners or her cold feet on my back at night, but I have an aversion to frozen things. And then I read where this nut committed murder by beating his to death with a frozen leg of lamb. Later he fed the ,cops on part of this sheep, which is a pretty kinky way to bribe the fuzz. If people don't have any better luck than the mastodon at surviving the deep freeze, you'd be as well off blowing the 20 grand on a swimming pool full of bourbon and trying the deep pickle route. As it now stands, five billion-to-one is not the kind of odds experienced bettors are going to lay much money on. I'm not going to get involved in the "frigid folks scheme". The last time I volunteered to help out around a freezer, it was making homemade ice cream and I got stuck with turning the crank. RM In one part of ancient Greece, it long was the custom, when a man proposed a law in the popular assembly, he did so on a platforr q with a rme around his neck.. RUSS METZ l If the law passed, they removed the rope. If it failed, they removed the platform. RM The davenport held the twain. Fair damsel and her handsome swain. He and She But hark, a foot upon the stairs! And mother found them sitting there; He ..... and ..... She. --RM-- The cost of saying "Dear Sir" now costs $3.05. That's 31 cents over last year's cost, to dictate a business letter and get it mailed, so says the Dartnell Corporation of Chicago. Broken down, it goes like this: Stenographic expense $ .96 Overhead .76 Lost motion .25 Mailing .16 Filing .12 Materials .08 Dictating time .72 TOTAL $3.05 Dictating time, Dartnell says, accounts for almost 1 rise. "We used to figure that the average letter was a $10,400-a-year junior executive, to a t tary," the firm says. "Today, the manager who averages $13,000 a year. Junior executives on the level, usually don't have use of a I imagine the wives ofj' learn this. The high cost of dictating letters probably why more phone calls are made and why we keep those form letters through the mail. There is nothing! with form letters, except they show little would seem with all the literary geniuses we have around, they could take time off from writin stories to come up with an encyclopedia of letters to occasion. Mark Twain often found himselfbo correspondence and that was when the came pretty cheap. He has always getting men whose friends made them believe that they him. Finally, Twain had a few hundred copies oftl ing letter printed: "My Dear Sir: I think you very much for your photograph. In my opinion, you are more like me other of my numerous doubles. I may even say resemble me more closely than I do myself. In to use your picture to shave by." From now on, the only business letters I will be those with a $3 bill attached. Onward and Upward.